On Wednesday, Rubio met with Facebook Chief Executive
“It was fantastic. It’s great to see a Republican whose talking about growth and opportunity and an aspirational message and supports the policies that encourage free enterprise,” said Ruben Barrales, president of GROW Elect, a group dedicated to getting Latino
Barrales, whose group is viewed as one of the few Republican bright spots in a state where the GOP is in disarray, accompanied Rubio much of Wednesday.
A fundraiser in the Central Valley attracted a few hundred people, quite a change from when Barrales first met Rubio.
“Back when probably no one in California knew him, in 2010 when he was an underdog running for a
On Wednesday, Rubio hit a breakfast fundraiser with growers at the Corral de Tierra County Club between Salinas and Monterey, toured the Monterey Peninsula Surgery Center and attended events in Bakersfield in the Central Valley and Menlo Park in the Bay Area.
On Thursday he attended a lunch in San Diego. He was to headline a fundraiser Thursday night at the Beverly Hills Hotel hosted by a number of prominent donors, according to Breitbart News.
Solid support in California’s donor community is vital if Rubio runs for the White House. While the state’s deep blue tilt ensures that it will remain solidly Democratic in the general election, the state is on every potential candidate's itinerary because of the number of wealthy GOP donors who live here. Texas Gov.
In the 2012 campaign, Californians gave $41.3 million to GOP nominee
Nationally, Rubio has taken heat from some conservatives for his work on overhauling U.S.
Rubio's work on immigration reform is less of a sticking point for California Republicans, whose views on immigration have traditionally been more liberal than their counterparts elsewhere. In a March poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times and USC, three out of four Republican voters in California supported the creation of a pathway to legal status.
Barrales said immigration was among a number of topics Rubio discussed at the Central Valley fundraiser.
"He talked about optimism about America and the American dream," he said. "He did deliver the message about being the child of immigrants and … that it's something that people have to work for, the hard work is an important part of realizing the American dream."